There is a long tradition of using the experimental paradigm of ‘fear conditioning’ for studying emotional memory processes in general as well as for modelling the development and treatment of anxiety- and stress-related disorders in the laboratory. This symposium takes on some of the methodological and procedural challenges from the past and showcases recent advances for the future of fear conditioning research. First, Maren Klingelhöfer-Jens will scrutinize the rank-stability of skin conductance responses and fear ratings across multiple experimental days and repeated tests of a fear conditioning paradigm. Ann-Kristin Meyer will then take stock of the emerging literature on categorical fear conditioning by reporting the results of a meta-analysis and a replication study. She will argue that this procedure has the potential to bridge the gap between research on implicit and explicit memory systems. Afterwards, Erik Müller will present behavioral, psychophysiological, and EEG evidence that merely imagined events can induce conditioned fear responses much the same way as real US. Finally, Adrian Wroblewski will highlight the value of adopting a network approach for our understanding of the neural basis of fear conditioning. In particular, he will present effective connectivity analyses that make use of dynamic causal modelling to infer directed relationships between individual brain regions. Together, the symposium will present research that outlines emerging future lines of inquiry for the research on fear conditioning.

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From (epi)genetics to cognition

Chair(s): Roland Benoit (Leipzig), Tina Lonsdorf (Hamburg)

Presenter(s): Maren Klingelhöfer-Jens (Hamburg-Eppendorf), Ann-Kristin Meyer (Leipzig), Erik Müller (Marburg), Adrian Wroblewski (Marburg)